Getting Present for the Holidays
Today is the last day before my kiddo is home for holiday break. My husband’s office is closed next week, so I get him home too. And while I suspect I could squeeze in a few hours to blog each day, I’m going to put my writing on “pause” for a bit.
I talk a lot about how critical it is to be present in the work place. Truly present. And while I talk about it and teach it, I still find it’s something that I continue to struggle with in life. Being present these days is hard. It’s just that simple.
Even this morning, as I was getting ready to send this out, my mind was going in a million different directions. My kiddo, filled with joyful anticipation for his last day of school, was bouncing from one piece of furniture to the next, in manic pursuit of my attention – which was nowhere to be found. The irony, that I was blogging about being present in the face of being so-not-present, was not lost.
One of the things we talk about during OnStage is to think about how we’d like the situations in our lives to turn out before we enter into the situation. When I think about the situation that is coming up with my family – being home on break – if I could choose how I’d like them to look back on our time together, what would I like them to remember?
Would I want them to remember me being frustrated or annoyed for interrupting me while I tried to get some work done?
Or would I want them to remember us laughing? Remember feeling special? Remember that we spent some wonderful time together playing games, maybe making cookies, or just hangin’ on the couch in our jammies with a big bucket of popcorn watching movies?
These days are precious. I must get present to that before I enter the situation.
We’ve all got so much going on. We’re rushing around, pushing ourselves to meet deadlines, trying to get it all done so we can get home and have fun, darn it!
But I encourage all of us to stop for a minute. To think about how we’d like the situations in our lives to unfold before we enter into them. The situations at work. The situations with our family. Life’s situations.
For the memories we’re creating are happening in real time. We don’t get to erase them and go back and fix it.
If you could choose, what would you like to happen? Because you get to, you know. Choose.
Get present to that.
And may that lead to memories that you and your family will cherish for years to come.
©OnStage Leadership, 2014
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